41st Annual Rural Health Conference & 9th Annual Performance Improvement Summit

2014 Conference Wrap-Up

The 41st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference was an energizing and inspiring event. Held in conjunction with the Performance Improvement Summit for Critical Access Hospitals in Litchfield Park at the Wigwam Resort August 7-8, 155 attendees discussed rural health, fostered collaboration, and reported on Arizona programs and projects. The presentations and workshops allowed for networking, developing partnerships and exchanging best practices with health care professionals, administrators, policymakers, state and local leaders, and others from state and federal agencies.

I thank all of the attendees, AzAHEC, AzRHA, the planning committee, and Center for Rural Health staff for putting this outstanding conference together.

I look forward to building on our successes and continuously improving rural health in Arizona!

Daniel J. Derksen, M.D. Professor
Walter H. Pearce Endowed Chair & Director, Center for Rural Health
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Please enjoy this look back in pictures: 

Slideshow - 41st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference​



About the 41st Annual Conference [ ARCHIVE ]

August 7-8, 2014 - Litchfield Park, Arizona

About the Conference

For the first time, the Arizona Rural Health Conference is being held in conjunction with the Performance Improvement (PI) Summit for Critical Access Hospitals.  

As Arizona transforms its health system, it is crucial to foster collaboration between agencies, providers, hospitals, insurers, federal agencies, private and public clinics and other stakeholders.

The joint conference engages statewide participants and presenters with interest in rural issues, builds and strengthens partnerships, and presents projects and programs at pre-conference, general, and concurrent sessions. The PI Summit brings together Critical Access Hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, Quality Managers, and IT personnel. This is a great opportunity to network, hear great speakers, visit Exhibitors, and attend the Exhibitors Welcoming Reception Thursday for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.

Click here for the Arizona Rural Health Conference 'Mark your Calendar'. Click here for the PI Summit 'Mark your Calendar'.  The PI Summit is sponsored by the Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (AZ-Flex) at the Center for Rural Health.


Speakers will address current and pressing health care issues centered on the following tracks:

  • Integrating Health Care
  • Understanding Coverage Under the ACA:  Challenges and Solutions
  • Increasing Arizona's Inter-professional Health Care Workforce
  • Performance Improvement of Critical Access Hospital

Click here for a Schedule-at-a-glance.

KEYNOTE PRESENTER  |   Thursday, August 7  |  10:10 - 11:10

David Saÿen, Regional Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, San Francisco Office


Mr. Tom Betlach, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
Mr. Will Humble, Director, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS)
Ms. Debbie Johnston, Sr. VP, Policy Development, AZ Hospital & Healthcare Association


8:00 - 8:45  |  Specialties to Help your Bottom Line  
Jonathan Sprague, Rocky Coast Consulting
Amy Waer, MD, Associate Dean, Medical Student Education, The University of Arizona, College of Medicine
8:45 - 9:30   |  Arizona Guidelines to Prevent Prescription Narcotic Misuse and Abuse
Sheila Sjolander, Assistant Director, Public Health Service, Arizona Department of Health Services
Dan Derksen, MD, Professor and Director, Center for Rural Health, University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health


As an Exhibitor you will have an opportunity to increase your organization's visibility, promote your products and/or services, and network and exchange information with a statewide audience. Click here to learn more about Exhibitor opportunities and to submit your request for an exhibit.  To pay for your exhibit with a credit card click here. Additional information on sponsorship opportunities and benefits available under each sponsorship level will be available soon. Click here to learn more about Sponsorship opportunities.

On-line Registration is Now Closed

Click here for a listing of the registration fees.  To register and pay with a credit card click here.  If you are paying with a check or IDB, click here to access the registration form.  


To guarantee availability and rate, reservations must be made by Friday, July 25. To make your room reservations at the Wigwam Resort call 800.327.0396 from 7am until 7pm, 7 days a week.  Guests need to mention Reservations ID of CEH06A or group name: Center for Rural Health Conference for the conference room block and to get the group rate of $89.00 plus $8.00 resort fee, plus tax ($107.41 inclusive). The Wigwam Resort is located at 300 East Wigwam Blvd. | Litchfield Park, Arizona | 8534 

CONFERENCE CONTACT: Rebecca Ruiz  |  520.626.2243   |  raruiz@email.arizona.edu.